About This Wine
The latest shipment of Clémentine's Provençal pizzazz offers more of the same deliciousness; the same blend, the same source, the same pleasure.
It's again assembled from Grenache, Cinsault, and the rare Tibouren grape (an indigenous Provençal variety said to bring aromas of garrigue, the herby scrub of southern France). Oh, and a splash of Syrah. The grapes are sourced from chalky-clay parcels in the heart of the Côtes de Provence, around the achingly pretty commune of Puget-Ville.
It's a crunchy, flawlessly balanced rosé, laden with preserved citrus rind, redcurrant, and Rosé petal perfume and flavours. There's a pulpy, generous texture with racy, peppery, herby freshness from whoa to go. It finishes dry and super refreshing, with a twist of white pepper and grip as well. Real seduction and pleasure on offer here, but also genuine depth and interest.
|Varietal(s)||Grenache Cinsault Tibouren|
Wines from Provence
In the South East of France, Provence can be considered the rosé capital of the world. Rosé from here is dry, refreshing, savoury and pale pink with a slight orange tint. The style is very different to those generally made in Australia.
The largest appellation here is Côtes de Provence, which accounts for nearly 75% of the total production of the Provence region and with rosé production making up 80% of that. The main grape varieties used include Carignan, Cinsaut, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tibouren with an increase in the adoption of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in recent times.
The most prestigious appellation is Bandol. The vines in Bandol are planted on silicon and limestone soils which together with the warm, coastal climate is very suitable for the late ripening of the Mourvèdre grape. Wines coming out of Bandol must contain more than 50% Mourvèdre in the blend whether they are roses or reds. Reds from Bandol are just as noteworthy as their rosé counterparts. These wines are known to be powerful, spicy, structured, and age-worthy with critics such as Tom Stevenson considering these full flavoured reds to be some of the region’s best wines.